Downed utility pole causes power loss

More than 300 Xcel Energy customers went without power for more than 30 minutes Thursday, Sept. 6, after a commercial truck knocked down a utility pole in downtown Monticello. Seven Xcel customers waited until 4 a.m. Sept. 7 for reconnections.

A Sept. 6 incident that involved two vehicles, said witnesses, left utility poles and wires draped over other vehicles and the pavement in a lot north of Broadway Street at State Hwy. 25. More than 300 Xcel Energy customers were without power for more than 30 minutes in the late afternoon. Seven customers waited more than 12 hours for their lights and power.

A Sept. 6 incident that involved two vehicles, said witnesses, left utility poles and wires draped over other vehicles and the pavement in a lot north of Broadway Street at State Hwy. 25. More than 300 Xcel Energy customers were without power for more than 30 minutes in the late afternoon. Seven customers waited more than 12 hours for their lights and power.

At about 3:30 p.m. Sept. 6, a Coon Rapids man driving an International Harvester truck that is licensed to a Minneapolis glass company struck a pole in the area of State Highway 25 between Broadway and River streets. Witnesses reported the driver was trying to avoid a collision with a second vehicle, a 1996 Chrysler Concorde, before striking the pole.
The falling pole brought down two other poles and a transformer bank, an Xcel spokesperson said, and the incident left live wires draped over the two vehicles and others in the vicinity. The State Patrol reported no injuries.
Xcel reported a second, larger power outage in the area Sept. 6, when a fallen wire at Hwys. 25 and 10 left nearly 2,200 customers without power in Big Lake from 10:26 to 11:37 p.m.

By Paul Rignell

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